Work Permit Visa and Sponsorship Licence

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Types of sponsorship licences

Worker Licence

This category includes a range of visa classifications tailored to accommodate different employment needs encountered by businesses. It encompasses the Skilled Worker visa, formerly the Tier 2 (General) visa. It also extends to specialised visas such as the Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility), catering to the unique requirements of senior personnel or specialists within organisations. Moreover, it encompasses visas for Ministers of Religion and International Sportspersons.

Temporary Worker Licence

Designed to accommodate transient staffing issues, this licence category encompasses a range of visa options catering to short-term employment scenarios. These encompass visas for seasonal workers, charity workers, secondees (Global Business Mobility), UK expansion workers (Global Business Mobility), service suppliers (Global Business Mobility), and graduate trainees (Global Business Mobility).

Application Process

The application process for a Sponsorship Licence starts with the initiation of the process through the Sponsorship Management System (SMS). This requires the designation of key personnel entrusted with roles within the licence management framework, including Authorising Officers, Key Contacts, and Level 1 Users. These personnel are tasked with overseeing the entire lifecycle of the licence, from application submission to ongoing compliance.

Businesses need to also submit evidence substantiating their legal standing and operational legitimacy within the UK. This requires the provision of documentation about commercial viability, compliance with regulatory frameworks, and adherence to employment laws and standards.

Furthermore, businesses must demonstrate the organisational proficiency of their HR department, emphasising competencies such as effective workforce management, record-keeping practices, and comprehensive familiarity with responsibilities associated with sponsoring highly skilled migrant workers.

A key part of the application process also requires the assessment of designated staff members entrusted with managing the Sponsorship Licence.

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Shortage Occupation List

  • The Shortage Occupation list is an important resource for businesses seeking to recruit skilled professionals from overseas. This list includes roles and occupations that are deemed challenging to fill with domestic workers, thereby qualifying them for streamlined immigration pathways.
  • While roles listed on the Shortage Occupation list are accorded preferential treatment in the visa application process, it’s important to note that roles not featured on the list may still be eligible for skilled worker visas, contingent upon meeting specified eligibility criteria and demonstrating compelling justifications for overseas recruitment.

Sponsorship Licence Approval

  • The Shortage Occupation list is an important resource for businesses seeking to recruit skilled professionals from overseas. This list includes roles and occupations that are deemed challenging to fill with domestic workers, thereby qualifying them for streamlined immigration pathways.
  • While roles listed on the Shortage Occupation list are accorded preferential treatment in the visa application process, it’s important to note that roles not featured on the list may still be eligible for skilled worker visas, contingent upon meeting specified eligibility criteria and demonstrating compelling justifications for overseas recruitment.

Revocation of Licence

Despite obtaining a sponsorship rating, ongoing compliance is crucial to prevent license downgrade or revocation, with common issues including misleading information, record-keeping lapses, and non-compliance with reporting requirements.

Processing Time

  • While the Sponsorship Licence application process takes an average processing time of approximately 8 weeks, businesses must factor in potential issues that may affect processing timelines.
  • Factors such as the complexity of the application, the volume of concurrent applications being processed by immigration authorities, and external issues such as geopolitical developments can affect timelines.

Skilled Worker Visa

  • Formerly designated as the Tier 2 (General) visa, the Skilled Worker visa program offers a pathway for skilled professionals from overseas to secure employment opportunities in the UK.

Requirements for Skilled Worker Visa

  • The eligibility criteria for the Skilled Worker visa program is that you are required to have a minimum of 70 points to qualify for consideration.
  • Mandatory criteria also includes proficiency in the English language, possession of a valid job offer from a sponsoring employer, and the attainment of requisite skill levels commensurate with the nature of the prospective employment opportunity.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Issued by sponsoring employers, this document ensures sponsored workers’ legitimate employment in the UK.

Solidaire Solicitors offer comprehensive services in immigration law, guiding businesses through the Sponsorship License process with tailored solutions, legal expertise, and client-focussed results.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two main categories: Worker Licence, which includes visas like Skilled Worker and Senior or Specialist Worker, and Temporary Worker Licence, which covers visas for seasonal workers, charity workers, and more.

Visas under this category include Skilled Worker, Senior or Specialist Worker (Global Business Mobility), Minister of Religion, and International Sportsperson visas.

The process begins with initiating the application through the Sponsorship Management System (SMS), designating key personnel, submitting evidence of legal standing and operational legitimacy, and assessing designated staff members.

Evidence includes documentation of commercial viability, compliance with regulations, and proficiency of the HR department in managing sponsorship responsibilities.

It’s a list of roles and occupations deemed challenging to fill with domestic workers, allowing businesses to recruit skilled professionals from overseas more easily.

Yes, roles not on the list may still be eligible, provided they meet specified criteria and compelling justifications for overseas recruitment.

It signifies successful licence acquisition and adherence to regulations, enabling businesses to recruit skilled migrants under the Skilled Worker visa program.

Common issues include misleading information, record-keeping lapses, and non-compliance with reporting requirements.

It typically takes around 8 weeks, but factors like application complexity, volume of applications, and external issues may affect timelines.

Formerly Tier 2 (General) visa, it allows skilled professionals from overseas to work in the UK, requiring a minimum of 70 points for consideration.

Mandatory criteria include English language proficiency, a valid job offer from a sponsoring employer, and attainment of requisite skill levels for the job.

Mandatory criteria include English language proficiency, a valid job offer from a sponsoring employer, and attainment of requisite skill levels for the job.

For comprehensive assistance with Sponsorship Licence applications, Skilled Worker visas, and immigration law matters, contact Solidaire Solicitors. Our legal experts provide tailored solutions and client-focused results.

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